When Aung La Nsang (18-9-0) enters the cage for his second-ever fight in Myanmar at ONE Championship's State of Warriors there will be a 6-foot-2-inch, angry Polish man waiting on the other side. Meet Michal Pasternak – the toughest fighter Aung La Nsang has faced to date.
In a surprise twist, Pyinmana town elders have rejected an offer by Nay Pyi Taw FC to hand Paung Laung Stadium back to the sports ministry. The elders insist that the local community should take over the stadium.
It’s their biggest stage yet for a long-simmering lethwei rivalry. ONE Championship’s State of Warriors will see Yangon’s Thuwunna Indoor Stadium host a world strawweight championship defence as well as the return of Aung La Nsang, making his sophomore appearance on October 7 to face Polish fighter Michal Pasternak.
As Yangon prepares to host the ONE Championship: State of Warriors on October 7 at Thuwunna Indoor Stadium, fighters such as hometown hero Aung La Nsang and Michal Pasternak are doing their own training sessions around the world.
Twenty years old and undefeated, Muin Gafurov looked poised to vault into the fighting world’s upper echelon over the last three years – until it all came crashing down after his first loss in April. Now, the ONE Championship bantamweight prospect out of Tajikistan looks to reverse course at ONE: State of Warriors on October 7 in Yangon’s Thuwunna Indoor Stadium.
Myanmar's National Team, during its preparation to host the Suzuki Cup in November, has been playing international friendlies in Europe this month to hone its form in advance of the big tournament. But surprising news came out of the tour yesterday, when the Myanmar Football Federation declared that the team was dismissing midfielder Thiha Zaw and star striker Kyaw Ko Ko.
When a martial arts team gets something good going, nobody wants to be the one to mess it up. So when ONE Championship rolls into Yangon on October 7, 28-year-old Kevin Belingon will feel a heavy weight on his shoulders – Team Lakay, his ragtag team of wushu sanshou practitioners, has racked up 13 straight victories. His bout with Tajikistan’s Muin Gafurov will put the streak on the line.
In what looks like a victory for the home team, Nay Pyi Taw FC is to donate its home ground, Paung Laung Stadium, to the Ministry of Health and Sports. This should open the way for the public to use the ground, something local MPs have been fighting for since 2011.
Though local fans will undoubtedly be focused on hometown hero Aung La Nsang, the headline fight at the upcoming ONE Championship fight card on October 7 carries a rare pedigree sure to attract attention of its own.
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